In addition to building the new 2009 tube stock, I decided that as it was also the fiftieth anniversary of the 1959 tube stock, I'd make that too.
The 1959 stock was a follow-on design in the 1938 tube stock lineage. It was introduced on the Piccadilly Line, but most worked the Central Line initially, in both cases replacing old Standard stock, the latter line's being older and needing replacement sooner. From the mid 1970s it was used to partially replace 1938 stock units on the Northern and Bakerloo lines, itself being replaced with new 1973 stock on the Piccadilly. By the 1990s the stock was mostly on the Northern line and continued in service until that line's new 1995 stock was fully in service, following which the 1959 stock was withdrawn and scrapped.
I have followed my usual practice of forming a three car unit/train in the DM-T-DM arrangement. One of the DM cars hides the Lego train motor. The livery is new for my creations, being the 'unpainted aluminium' postwar livery. This came about as an economy measure when it was found that using lightweight aluminium for the car bodies also meant that they would not rust away and thus would not require the protection of painting. However this lost the rich visual appeal of the all-red LT livery that had gone before and the cars quickly began to look worn.
This train was built as part of my Project Lillie (as in the Lillie Bridge PW depot) along with the 2009ts, a Standard control trailer car and two more Met 5700 pannier locos. They all made their debut at the Great Western Lego Show in October 2009, on my East Brickley layout, where these photos were taken.